Mentorship is a critical part of rheumatology training at NIH. Because NIH faculty members do not have to write grants or teach large volumes of coursework, they generally have more time to mentor trainees and are very dedicated to this role. Our core program faculty consists of experienced rheumatologists and scientists based in the NIAMS and closely collaborating groups in other Institutes. Our Scholars in translational research function as junior faculty, attending on the consult service and in the clinics while progressing to independence in their own research. Scholars can also be excellent mentors for clinical fellows.
Clinical fellows select a primary faculty mentor at the NIH from the core faculty or affiliated faculty with whom to work during the research phase of training. Co-mentorship by more than one faculty member is common, and fellows and scholars also assemble a group of faculty beyond the primary mentors to serve as an advisory committee.